Mickey Furlani Breaks All-Events Record! Chester Times, February 25, 1957, pg. 26
One of my fondest memories of my mother was her passion for ten pin bowling. Marguerite Mary Noble, known as Mickey, was born in Ranshaw, Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania on 21 May 1918. She married William C. Furlani in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania on 26 Jul 1941. She and my father lived in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania until I was four years of age when we moved to Essington, Tinicum Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania around 1947.
I knew that NewspaperArchive.com had copies of the local newspaper for Delaware County. It originally began as the Chester Time and eventually became the Delaware County Daily Times. So today I did a search in that database for ‘Mickey Furlani.’ The search returned 143 articles and, I checked them, everyone featured my mother and not some other Mickey Furlani.
While a few of the articles contained news about her involvement in scouting most mentions were there because she had high scores in some league or tournament. My mother is the photo top left. She just won both her class and all-events in the Chester City WIBC Tournament.
I think the article I have here is from her first year bowling. I think this is so because I have memories of her telling us that she won the Chester City tournament in her first year and scored even higher than the highest class. In fact, according to this article, her all-events score broke a record for the tournament.
She went on to win many more tournaments and league games. My Dad was an excellent bowler as well and both she and my Dad played in leagues several times a week and went at least one evening on their own to practice. Needless to say bowling was also featured regularly on our TV. It was a great era to be passionate about bowling with some of the biggest names in pro bowling—Don Carter, Carmen Salvino and Dick Weber. There is a family story, if I remember correctly, that Dick Weber was in town one time for some tournament and saw my mother bowl. He was so impressed that he spent some time with her giving her instruction and tips to improve her skills.
She had to give up bowling when her emphysema got too bad and I always thought that was the day she gave up on life although she lived an additional fifteen years before dying of emphysema on 25 May 1985, four days after her 67th birthday.
Week 24 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.